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Malone, New York - Man was Sentenced to Fourteen Years for his Conviction of Conspiracy to Distribute more than 1,000 Kilograms of Marijuana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – ALLEN PETERS, 43, of Malone, was sentenced yesterday to fourteen years in federal prison by United States District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby for his conviction of conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and James J. Hunt, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division (DEA). Additionally, the judge imposed six years of supervised release upon release from incarceration. Peters had faced a minimum of 10 years of incarceration for his conviction.

In January 2014, a jury convicted PETERS of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. At trial, the government offered evidence that from at least 2005 to 2011, PETERS, and many others, smuggled thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States and sent millions of dollars in drug proceeds back to Canada. They used property controlled by PETERS in Snye, Quebec, Canada on the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation as a staging area for the hockey bags of marijuana smuggled into the United States. The bags, which normally contained 100 to 200 pounds of marijuana, were then transported into the United States and distributed to cities across the Northeast.

"I would like to commend the various agencies from federal, tribal and local law enforcement agencies for their efforts in bringing this case to successful conclusion," said United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

"The arrest, conviction and sentencing of Allan Peters exemplifies law enforcement’s commitment to enforcing the Controlled Substance Act," stated DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt. "I would like to commend the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York for their diligent work throughout this investigation, as well our law enforcement partners’ essential collaboration which led to today’s sentencing."

The investigation and prosecution of PETERS was the result of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the United States Border Patrol (USBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO), the New York State Police, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department (SRMTPD), the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services (AMPS), and the District Attorneys of Franklin and Clinton Counties.

The case was prosecuted by Assista

Updated February 23, 2015